Rob and Big Forty Year Old Teens

Get out the Soapbox I am on the rampage over Rob and Big!

Another "Soapbox Sermon" by In The Doghouse, this is where my kids start rolling their eyes... NOt Rob and Big...we love them! What if they see this article, Mom, please.....

Just some questionsI have because of watching Rob and Big.

When did it become acceptable to make irresponsibility and destruction entertainment? How is a blatant waste of time and resources suddenly worthy of viewing, without feeling disdain or contempt? When did we as a viewing public start to embrace disrespect and lack of courtesy and excuse it as "humor"?

Rob and Big

I simply felt it was such a waste of my time to spend it watching Rob and Big.

These and many more of the same types of questions were brought to my mind last night, as I completely flushed one hour of my life literally "down the toilet" by watching a television show on MTV called "Rob and Big."

The Cast and Crew of the Rob and Big Show.

For those of you unfamiliar with this series, it is a "reality" show depicting the life of professional skate boarder Rob Dyrdek who lives with his best friend and body guard, Christopher "Big Black" Boykin.

In the true sense of "reality" they have two pets, one is a miniature horse that they have named "mini-horse" and the other is a pet bulldog named "Meaty." Other characters in the show include Rob's cousin or "assistant" named Drama, and Big's friend Bam Bam.

Rob, Big and Meaty

Rob and Big a reality show? Really?

In the course of the show last night I was disgusted in so many ways, they can only be described one at a time.

This particular episode was one in which Rob celebrated his 40th birthday. The scene opened with Big and Bam Bam putting a party hat and glasses on the back end of "Meaty" the dog and bringing him in to wake up Rob, by rubbing the dogs smelly butt in Rob's face. This allowed for another theme to continually run throughout the show besides the main birthday theme, of an attempt to clean the dogs "trap door" and get rid of the stench. The first attempt to try and get this job done was made by trying to wash "the trap door" with a common garden hose, but I think I will leave the rest to your imagination.

Rob and Big, teen buddies.

Stealing is funny to Rob and Big?

The next scene is played out as they all sit by the pool and devour hot wings. Rob then expresses to Big that his only wish for his birthday is for Big to win the "hot wing eating championship" and bring him home the trophy. Later in the show, a competition is held at a local bar in which Big is entered, but unfortunately loses. No matter, while the winner is not looking, they simply STEAL the trophy and bask in their glory by making Rob drink out of it for the rest of the evening.

No skating allowed, but not for Rob and Big.

Since it is Rob's birthday he gets to choose his activities for the day, and his choice is to spend the day skateboarding. We are then shown a local high school with signs pointing out the fact that skating is not allowed. The poor high school security guard tries to enforce the rules, while Rob runs around him like a "clown in the circus" act taunting him and making him look foolish. To make sure that the security guard doesn't catch him Big, who certainly lives up to his name, runs interference. All the while the students laugh at the guard as he attempts to maintain order. The obvious disregard for rules and authority is apparent as Rob escapes to his "Murdered Out Truck" at the end of his fun and drives away.

Rob and Big, Role models?

The next adventure for the day is the trip to the tattoo shop for birthday tattoos. Rob chooses the word "relentless" to be tattooed to his forearm while Big after getting his ear pierced, simply has his own logo imprinted on his forearm. Returning home they dress completely in white and head out to the competition mentioned earlier. After the competition they go to a club that has been totally rented out for Robs birthday where women are dressed in white bikinis and other similar outfits and drinking abounds. Remember this person is now turning 40 and is such a role model for the youth.

Drama, Rob's Cousin or Assistant

Drama will clean it up.
Drama will clean it up.

Drama The Slave for Rob and Big

Returning home, Rob finds a three tiered chocolate birthday cake similar to that of a wedding cake on his kitchen table. Instead of celebrating by eating the cake, he and Big engage in an all out food fight, throwing chocolate cake everywhere, ending in a plunge in the outside swimming pool. No matter however, Drama the slave cousin will simply have to clean it up, after all that's what he gets paid for isn't it.

Did it really warrant a movie?

Are you wondering when all this ludicrous behavior started?

I guess the beginnings of it must be credited to the brilliant forerunners like Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera, as they came up with the entertaining show Jackass, where they certainly made one of themselves. With the help of Steve-o and Wee-man the antics of these two became so popular they made it to the big screen.

In fact, Bam Margera then broke off and created his own show, Viva La Bam wherein he exhibits a general lack of respect to his mother and father, Phil and April and his uncle "Don Vito." We would be remiss if we didn't also credit the famous Wildboyz, Steve-O and Chris Pontius in this downfall of entertainment as they assess the "endowment" of themselves and the animals they taunt for their viewing audience.

Wildboyz

Steve-O and Chris Pontius
Steve-O and Chris Pontius

I want my MTV?

Most certainly we would have to thank MTV for the influence they have had in regards to shaping the morals and values of an upcoming future generation, the future leaders of our world.

Shame on us!

I guess ultimately though we would have to thank ourselves, the viewing public, for first allowing, then tolerating, and now embracing this form of entertainment.

The show, Rob and Big, is just one more piece of evidence we are given to prove that money CAN turn life into one big game. Yes, I guess the more money you have, the more reckless you can be. Oh, and by the way, you really don't have to play by the rules either.

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IheartBYU 8 years ago from Murrieta, CA

I love you In the Dog House but I also love some of the shows you are talking about. I don't like Jackass which I feel is stupid but Rob and Big is so funny!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Michelle,

I love you too, but even in love we can choose to disagree. Rob and Big may seem funny but when you actually look at what they are making fun of, it doesn't seem so funny anymore. Thanks for your comments... believe me I have taken a ton of slack from my own kids on this one!


Jeff 8 years ago

"Slack" is something you take up, as in "taking up the slack". What you took was "flak".


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thank you Jeff, you are so right, flak is exactly what I have taken.


Fan 8 years ago

It was for Robs 32nd Birthday. He was born in 1974. Drama is his assistant, cleaning is part of his job, and the cake was half eaten already. Meaty has a problem with a gland in his backside, common in English Bulldogs and has to go to a specialist every 2 weeks to get it check on.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the clarifications Fan. I guess 32 is still young enough to be irresponsible right?


Fan 8 years ago

No prob just a die hard fan.


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misterpm 8 years ago from Netherlands

Like these guys...haha


trixx 7 years ago

Rob and big is like really funny but jackass is like hilarious but SOME stunts they do is really disgusting! I love steve-o and johnny knoxville =)


stevie 7 years ago

seriously, who are you to talk?

these guys make good money and are entertaining.

I've never even heard of you!

just learn how to apprrechiate telivison these days and shut up!


Zach 7 years ago

Umm, Are you SURE it was his 40th birthday? I'm almost certen rob is in his 30's maybe 29. As for the things they do it's called having fun and living life. Skaters get kicked out of alot of places and it bullshit. This "Review" or w/e is stupid and pointless whoever wrote it is an idiot.


Guest 7 years ago

If you're talented enough to become a pro skateboarder, with as many sponsers and world records as Rob has, yes, you actually DO get to make life out to be just one great big game. What the hell is the point of earning money doing anything if you get ripped on for enjoying it?

And as far as everything you said, Fan covered pretty much all of it, but I'd like to add that yes, they did steal a trophy that night. If you watched the episode, you'd also see that the guy who won it didn't even care when his maybe $10 trophy went missing.


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

funny show!

btw he is 35


BDyrdek1974 7 years ago

RE: In the Doghouse:::The way I see it is that if you dont like the shows then turn them off! No one is holding a gun to your head are they and if they are I would say get the hell out of there! And you must have not read up on your facts of Rob & Big He is not 40 he is 35 years old!!


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hotpink77 6 years ago

I have to say I find the show hilarious and good-natured. I don't enjoy Jackass or Wild Boyz because it's often just really, really disgusting. For some reason, however, Rob and Big just gets me right here *points at heart.* The two are obviously great friends and have great times together, and they are entertaining on top of that.

I also agree with Guest and think that if you have a bajillion dollars, why not have some fun spending it? He's worked hard for his money, let him eat (throw) cake.

Also, if you don't like that your kids are watching it and are worried it will influence them negatively, turn it off. I would be willing to bet, however, that you don't really see the show as a real threat.


K-zee  6 years ago

Woman your mistaken. Compared to other stuff on tv these days this show actually is something you shouldn't mind your kids watching


Randy 6 years ago

You really are dumb, aren't you? Have you never had a childhood? They're doing something called living life, and as good as they are and as much as they're making, they can pretty much do as they please within reason. That's the security guards job and I'm pretty sure hecwouldnt care what a bunch of little kids would think, and yes, drama is the "maid" does this show revolve around drama? No. He just happens to have a rich cousin which in sureche mooches off of, I mean just look at robs fantasy factory. Yes, they stole a $5 trophy and the guy didn't even care, being the defending champion and already having one, maybe more. Not everything they do is bad. In ond episode, rob and big help out a man traveling around the world hand our free icecream and soon after give away a bunch of their old clothes and shoes to homeless people, as rich as they arecand as many things that they had, they helped a LOT of people. In another episode, when they get a new car, at knd of the next signings to make sure that the old one went to a true skateboarder, they had to beat rob at sk8 which is sort of like horse in basketball in case you didn't know, and afterwards beating big black at roshambo "rock paper scissors" for shits and giggles. They're not bad people, they're just having a good time. Do your research next tine ya dumb broad.


mcasto08 6 years ago from Erie, PA

I enjoy Rob and Big. Many shows out there depicting the lives are celebrities are simply attempting to gain pity from everyone. Many of these people only complain about "how difficult" it is to be famous. Rob and Big simply turn the tables. They demonstrate a positive, energetic, and funny side of celeb life. I think its great that people in that position aren't strung up on what others think and they're happy doing what they want. I agree they take it a little far sometimes, but its basic humor, and everyone is clear of that.


Rarthur4 5 years ago

I think Rob is a great role model! He has dreams and aspirations. He fights for what he wants, not to mention a huge philanthropist.

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